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Department of Psychiatry Research Programs

Research Vision

The Department of Psychiatry strives to be an innovative national leader in advancing the field of mental health treatment through basic, translational, clinical and educational research.

Research Mission

The Department of Psychiatry is committed to conducting research in public psychiatry, education and behavioral health interventions. Our collective mission is to train future leaders in outstanding patient-centered care while advancing our understanding, through research, of the complex biopsychosocial factors that contribute to health problems, particularly among disenfranchised populations. In doing so, we seek to employ the core values of:

  • Compassion
  • Excellence
  • Integrity
  • Diversity
  • Social equality
  • Advocacy

Current Research Projects

  • Behavioral health interventions (e.g., acceptance and commitment therapy) for adults with HIV or cystic fibrosis
  • Chronic pain management training in general psychiatry
  • Development of a supportive psychotherapy competence assessment tool
  • Developmental impact of early childhood risk factors on behavioral, cognitive and emotional adjustment
  • Mental health among refugees in Philadelphia
  • Open-access service delivery model for youth in a community mental health center
  • Pharmacologic treatment of psychotic and mood disorders throughout the life cycle
  • Substance use treatment models and factors associated with treatment outcome
  • Use of EndNote for educational curricula and lifelong learning

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